Image of a painting of a person sitting on steps.

Brett Amory, "Waiting #457," 2021; oil on wood; 24 x 30 in.

Brett Amory

Graduate Fellowships, 2021 - 2022
Stanford University

A person in a hat standing next to painting on wall.


While I am at Headlands I will be making new paintings. I’m interested in the historical and cultural significance of the Marin Headlands, and the Graduate Fellowship will be an ideal opportunity to create a space of exchange and conversation with the other Residents and Fellows at Headlands, and to focus on work that’s more experiential than my usual studio practice.

Artist Statement

My interdisciplinary practice explores the mundane themes that structure daily life. I’m interested in the everyday experiences that define our engagement with the world, and how our habits often prevent us from paying attention to our surroundings. For the past twenty years, I have worked on a body of work titled Waiting. Drawing attention to everyday aesthetics, the series portrays isolated figures caught in routine, passive activities directed by existing circumstances—waiting in line for a bus, waiting to cross the street, riding the train—and conveys feelings of confinement and banality. By defamiliarizing the familiar, my work draws attention to the economic and social conditions of the changing urban landscape, touching on issues of gentrification, class, ethnicity, and community.